It came as a surprise when I read that there is a Day for Doctors as well like so many other Days we keep celebrating in this world. But why shouldn’t this indispensable, hard working, selfless breed of professionals have a Day for themselves? I reasoned within myself. I also wondered how I should pay my tribute/gratitude to the few doctors I have known or come in contact with, more as a journalist than as a patient! I always wondered why they display greater patience in answering your questions when being interviewed than when you seek their consultation as a patient. Of course for the first purpose you don’t have to part with a sum for the time spent but for the second your purse becomes lighter and the time spent shorter and your prescription appears longer! Strangely, you don’t find the diagnosis written in the prescription and when you venture to ask the doctor as what is wrong with you he either shoos you off or mumbles something you can hardly hear. It is similar to the oral orders given to bureaucrats by you know whom, in preference to written ones!
All said and done it comes as a comfort that we do have some conscientious medical practitioners who care more for their patients’ health and welfare abiding by the Hippocratic Oath they have taken while entering this noble profession. Hats off to them and may their tribe increase is all that I can wish on Doctors’ Day.
n.meera raghavendra rao